New London native, Dan L. Murr, is getting to be a well-known author! He has two books out, A Need to Know, and We Never Say Goodbye, and three others, Escape from Evil, Return to Medjugorje, and The Milk Wagon, are ready for the publishers. As most of the older local folks know, Dan is the son of former police chief Kenneth Murr and Wanda Murr who lived on High Street for many years.
Dan was a graduate of the NLHS Class of 1948. His first writing was probably the sports reports for the New London Record while Dan was still in high school. He then worked for the Florida Times Union from 1963 to 1969. He then went a little up north to work for the Gainesville Sun from 1973 to 1975 where he covered the University of Florida sports. The Journal Gazette in Illinois kept him busy for two years, 1976 to 1978, where he covered Notre Dame. Then he had an eleven year career at the Beacon-News in Aurora, Illinois, where he covered sports -- especially the Big Ten.
I remember Dan went to the Rose Bowl with the University of Illinois when they lost "Big"! Dan has also written for football and basketball magazines, including the Sporting News in St. Louis. He learned about people by dealing with coaches and athletes from high school to college and on to professional sports. He became an award winning sports writer for the Southeastern Conference and then on to the Big Ten. Later, he covered boxing, the major leagues, and the NFL. He was the World Boxing Association Writer of the Year for the State of Illinois in 1982 and 1983. Also, he won third place in column writing from the United Press International in 1980 and was also honored by the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association in the 1980s. Dan retired to Jacksonville, Florida in 1990 where he now resides with his family.
I have his book, We Never Said Goodbye, a group of seven short stories, published by Clocktower Books, and it is well worth reading. ... A job well done by Dan.
V.K. Neel - information from Dan Murr.